NSF Plant Biology Fellowships
Brian H. Taylor
BRIAN at BIO.TAMU.EDU
Wed Mar 23 18:29:44 EST 1994
As a former NSF Plant Biology Fellow, I'd like to add my two
cents to the current debate. Having done my postdoc abroad, I can
see both sides of the foreign requirement issue. It certainly does
broaden one's perspective to work overseas, but I think the lab you
go to has more of an effect than the fact that it's overseas. A
reasonable compromise might be to look at the overall quality of the
science proposed and the individuals involved first, and rate the
location second. You never know, that postdoc might not come back.
One thing I might add to the anonymous former Fellow's comments
about the stipend is that Fellows overseas often have an advantage in
that they may not have to pay taxes to either the US or host
government. Tax treaties covering foreign nationals working overseas
usually have a exclusion limit well above anything a postdoc will
ever make. You might also get a boost from changes in the currency
exchange, but this can also cut your stipend considerably if it
goes the wrong way.
Finally, I'd like to say that if you're going to send people
overseas, during their postdoc is a good time to do it. Most
graduate students have their hands full with figuring out how a lab
works without the added complexity of being in a foreign country, and
most older folks have complications with kids and spouse's jobs.
That's one element I'd leave as is.
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